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COVER REVEAL – My Saving Grace (ABC Corp #1) by Melanie Moreland

MY SAVING GRACE

ABC Corp #1

MELANIE MORELAND


Release Date: February 25, 2021

Cover Design by:
Karen Hulseman of Feed Your Dreams Designs

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Enemies To Lovers, Office Romance, Age Gap, Accidental Marriage, Beast and Beauty, Meet in the In Laws, Second-Act Break up

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://mybook.to/MySavingGrace
FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited
ASIN: B08NTXND6J

Goodreads link:
https://bit.ly/MySavingGraceGR

Synopsis:

My Saving Grace

Book Number: 1

Vested interest: ABC Corp Series Synopsis
It is time for the next generation of BAM

Grace VanRyan has her life mapped out.

Law school, a career with ABC, and a bright future ahead of her.

Until Jaxson Richards steps into the picture. He’s everything she hasn’t planned for.

Older, sexy, off-limits.

And her new boss.

When the passion between them explodes, will her life blow up along with it?


Author Bio:

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

Melanie is represented by Flavia Viotti at Bookcase Literary Agency. For any questions regarding subsidiary or translation rights please contact her at  flavia@bookcaseagency.com

Author Links:

Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/MMAuthorFacebook
Melanie’s Minions (FB reader group) http://bit.ly/MMReaderGroupFB
Newsletter: https://bit.ly/MMorelandNewsletter
Website: http://bit.ly/MMorelandWebsite
Twitter: http://bit.ly/MMorelandTwitter
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ql5R95
Instagram: http://bit.ly/MMorelandIG
Bookbub: http://bit.ly/MMorelandBB
YouTube: http://bit.ly/MMorelandYouTube
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/MMorelandPin
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/MMorelandGR
Tumblr: http://bit.ly/MMorelandTumblr
Book + Main: http://bit.ly/MMorelandBM

Books by Melanie:
Into The Storm – Moreland Books Inc
Beneath The Scars – Moreland Books Inc
Over The Fence – Moreland Books Inc
The Contract Series (3) – Moreland Books Inc
My Image of You – Loveswept/Random House
Vested Interest Series (7) – Moreland Books Inc
It Started With A Kiss – Moreland Books Inc
An Instant Connection – Moreland Books Inc
Christmas Sugar – Moreland Books Inc
An Unexpected Gift – Moreland Books Inc
Changing Roles – Moreland Books Inc
The Summer Of Us – Moreland Books Inc
Happily Ever After Collection – Moreland Books Inc
Revved To The Maxx – Moreland Books Inc
Heart Strings – Moreland Books Inc
A Merry Vested Wedding – Moreland Books Inc

Anthologies:
Love Happens
What the Heart Wants: An Opposites Attract Anthology
The Sirens of SaSS
Paperback Writers
One Hot Summer
Australia
Take Me To Bed


RELEASE BLITZ : Dark Moon Falls volume 2 anthology

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RELEASE BLITZ – Crazy Daisy by Maggie Adams


 
Title: Crazy Daisy
Author: Maggie Adams
Genre: Military, Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Crystal Creations
Release Date: February 26, 2019
 
BLURB:
Daisy Jones has loved Gideon McElroy her entire life. Painfully shy, she had lived for the summers spent on the small island near Wisconsin at her grandpa’s cabin, when Gideon would come to stay with his grandfather, the Colonel. While the old men reminisced on happier times, Daisy would follow Gideon like a puppy, thrilled just to be in his presence. When he enlisted, she was heartbroken but took solace in the fact that he would still come to visit his aging grandfather when time allowed. 
Fate had other plans. When his grandfather passed on, and Gideon didn’t attend the funeral, Daisy knew he was gone forever.  She married, had a child, and tried not to think of Gideon or what had become of him. 
Fifteen years have come and gone.  Daisy, now a widow, is the veterinarian on the island.  She sees to the animals of the tiny town and lives a simple life. But when rumors fly that a strange man is living on the Colonel’s land, she makes it her duty to investigate.
Gideon McElroy has come home to die. He knows he should have left this earth back in Afghanistan, not stitched back together to satisfy some damn surgeon’s “God complex.”  The scars left behind have given him a grotesque appearance, a good reason to stay to himself. Between his appearance, the locked fence, and Samson, his large Mastiff, he’s confident in his solitary existence until he exits this world.
But he never counted on “Crazy Daisy” and her determination to drag him back into life.
 
 
 
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EXCERPT:

She glanced around. Nothing much had changed except the large exercise machine in the corner facing the window. All the books, the old rugs, were in place; even the chess set was still in front of the window.  It even smelled the same – slightly moldy, but redolent with the cherry vanilla tobacco the Colonel had smoked, and the Pine-Sol he had used to clean everything.
“Gideon? Where are you?” Daisy walked through the kitchen toward the back of the cabin.  Perhaps he had been hurt. In concern, she quickened her steps. As she neared the bathroom, there was what sounded like a groan. Truly worried now, she opened the bathroom door and stood stock still.
Gideon McElroy was stark naked and hard, his cock in his hand.
“What the fuck? Woman, are you crazy?”
She heard him yell, but she was transfixed. Most of his left side was crisscrossed with scars, like he had been in a fire. Even his groin and chest looked like a roadmap. The beard obstructed his neck and jawline, but the scars continued up the side of his face and into his hairline. 
And he was pissed.
Daisy mumbled an apology and frantically searched for a towel. She spotted it on the vanity base and threw it at him, backing out of the room as he tied the towel around his waist and advanced on her as she hurried down the hall into the living room.
She held her hands up to ward him off and began to babble. “I’m sorry; I thought, well, the dog was missing, and the door popped open and I wasn’t sure if you were hurt, or even here and I wanted to…” She tripped on the leg of the large armchair and fell into it. The sun was completely blocked from her sight as Gideon closed the distance between them. For a moment, she thought this must be what Belle felt like when the Beast got in her face. She could feel his breath against her cheek.
“Now I know you’re not blind,” he snarled. “But are you deaf and dumb? I told you to leave and not come back. To stay away. Now what part didn’t you understand? Or maybe you’re just crazy like people in town say?”
That hurt. She had thought the name was because she was crazy enough to take on the local VA hospital when her David couldn’t get help with the PTSD he had suffered from after Afghanistan; not that she was, well, crazy. Tears began to fall, and she cursed inwardly. She hated that she cried when she was angry. It was a sign of weakness to her mind.
“Fuck! Don’t start the waterworks.” Gideon flung himself away from her. “I don’t care why you are here, I just want you gone.” He looked around the room. “Where the hell’s Samson? How did you get past him, anyway?”
“I, er, I don’t know.  He wasn’t here. That’s why I thought something was wrong.” She wiped her tears with her coat sleeve. “I heard what sounded like a moan in the back, and I came down the hall to make sure you or Samson weren’t hurt.”
Gideon eyes lit on the basket of goodies Daisy had brought. “You’re the fuckin’ welcome wagon?”
“No! Um, well, yes, I guess, in your case. I needed to make sure Samson had, um, his shots and was chipped, so I brought the basket and some of the cookies you liked when we were kids.” Daisy shrugged. Now that she thought about it, that did sound kind of lame – here’s some cookies. Remember me?
He quirked an eyebrow and picked up the taser. “And if I didn’t cooperate, you were going to taser me into accepting the basket?”
“No!” she laughed. “The dog,” but as soon as she said it, she knew she was in trouble.
“You were going to taser my DOG?” he roared, advancing on her once again. 
 
Goodreads:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Maggie Adams is an internationally bestselling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, the romantic comedy-Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, Humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the various best seller 5-star list with her Tempered Steel Series. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient of various awards for excellence including Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015, the Readers Favorite Award 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 and the 2017 New Apple Awards -Suspense. 
She also writes paranormal romance, young adult romance and women’s fiction. Maggie’s books can be found on eBook and paperback on her website and all major book sites.
When she’s not writing, she can be found dancing, singing and cooking (usually all at the same time), and spending time with her family and friends.
 
AUTHOR LINKS:
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Website:
http://www.maggieadamsbooks.com
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Facebook:
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Facebook Reader Group:
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NEW RELEASE ~ The Sorceress (The Prophecy Series #3) by Jessica McCrory

          

The Sorceress
(The Prophecy Series book 3)  
by Jessica McCrory

 

Release Date ~ January 1st, 2018

 

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A Phoenix is made to rise from the ashes.  Except, what if it doesn’t?

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Book 3 in Jessica McCrory’s Prophecy Series, The Sorceress, is NOW LIVE!!
Grab your copy today and embark on an epic adventure as the the battle for the worlds begins!

 

Blurb:

When a tragic betrayal leaves Anastasia fighting for her life, it’s up to her best friend and the love of her life, Dakota, to keep Terrenia’s walls standing.

But Dakota finds himself losing hope with every passing day, and while the dark sorcerer Vincent lurks in the shadows, that could prove to be a deadly mistake.

In this third installment of The Prophecy Series, loyalties will be tested and sacrifices made as they try to gain the upper hand against Vincent’s steadily growing army.

But the question remains: what will be the cost of their victory?

Or will it even come at all?

 

Grab your copy today!!! → http://amzn.to/2BXfP1I



 

SERIES INFORMATION:

Check out the first two books in the series to revisit the beginning of Anastasia’s journey!
Both books are available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

The Phoenix (book 1) →   http://amzn.to/2zDEPNP

The Fighter (book 2) →  http://amzn.to/2zDJ4Jg



 

Excerpt 

 

“How is the Phoenix?” Argento asked.

        Dakota sighed.  “I don’t know.  We left her with the Sorceress.” The tone in his voice had Argento lifting a pierced eyebrow.

        “You do not trust this Sorceress?”

        Dakota let out a breath.  “It’s not that.” He sighed again.  “I just—”

        “You worry you will not see her again.” It wasn’t a question, and Dakota nodded.  He shouldn’t be surprised, as Argento seemed to be quite clairvoyant at times.

        “If she dies—”

        “She is not going to die.  Think of all she has gone through already. Do you truly believe that the two of you are not fated for happiness?  Once all of this war is over?”

        “I’d like to believe that.  But it seems like as soon as we get close again, something pulls us apart.  When we were teenagers, it was Mitch.  Then Gregory pulled her here and I thought she was dead for ten years.  After I ran into her in that alley, I honestly wanted to believe—even if it was just for a moment—that fate had given us another chance.”  He took another drink.  “Then she was taken by Vincent, and when we found her she had been so fucked up mentally that it took her time to get back to where we were.  Then we did and Brady was killed, which caused her to pull away again until I nearly died.  Then after all that, we are given this opportunity to be a family—however fucked up our lives had been up to that point—we were going to be parents of this beautiful baby together.” He took another drink and ran his hands through his hair.  “Well, I suppose you know how that got screwed up, and now she’s dying and in the hands of someone who has probably not seen another person in decades.”

        “Have faith, Dakota.”

        Dakota turned to him. “Faith?”

        “You believe because we are beasts that we do not believe in faith?” Argento snorted and smiled.  “We have faith, Dakota.  We believe in God, and we believe that sometimes things are meant to be and there is nothing you can do to change them.  You and the Phoenix?  You are meant to be.  You have to believe it, otherwise what are you fighting for?”


BOOK LINKS:

#OneClickLink→ http://amzn.to/2z4rVrj

Book Trailer→ https://youtu.be/SdjPa4RK_BA

TBR→ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35378589-the-sorceress?from_search=true

Paperback Pre-Order→ www.jessicamccrory.com


Praise for The Sorceress:

“Oh my gosh this book was incredible. It’s book three of the series and it was just as great, if not better, than the first two. It was absolutely amazing. I loved it and all the characters. Jessica is a fantastic writer and she did a great job writing about Anastasia, Dakota, Elizabeth, Tony and all the other characters. The creativity she possesses to be able to imagine this storyline and the other worlds and their inhabitants, is truly genius! And that ending was a huge surprise! If you haven’t already you need to read this entire series! Definitely a 5 star read!” –Heather

“Ana and Dakota are back for the final book to this amazing trilogy. This book will have you turning the pages just to see what will happen next. It is filled with action and adventure as well as the perfect hero and heroine, who have a love that is stronger than anything thrown their way. A perfect ending.” –Melissa.

Book 3 did not disappoint! Ana and Dakota come back swinging in this book, it will suck you in! I enjoyed learning more about the world(s) and Ana’s magic. thank you for your your words and imagination Jessica!” -Heather B.



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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Ruthless (Siri’s Saga Serial #6) by Jessika Klide

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RUTHLESS

Siri’s Saga Serial #6

by Jessika Klide

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Blurb:

Aurei is everything I hoped for. Everything I’ve dreamed of.
Everything and more. Our chemistry is off the charts! I wanted to scorch him, burn myself into his life, but I’m afraid I’m the one whose heart has been branded. This feels like how forever is supposed to feel. Tonight, we are going on a real date. He’s taking me to his stomping ground where I will be meeting his buddies. I’m so excited. What can possibly go wrong?


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#2 SEARY: http://amzn.to/2swyNfn

#3 MOORE: http://amzn.to/2tFOzVn

#4 WILD THANG: http://amzn.to/2f655rD

#5 AURELIUS: http://amzn.to/2gQNxgJ

 




Everyone has secrets! 

Oh yes, they do! Jessika Klide is my pen name. I’m from LA … Lower Alabama. The Deep South. My mind is extremely sensuous, some call that slutty, so it’s just better to use a pen name. Trust me on this! 😉

I married my high school sweetheart and have been married to him longer than I have lived without him. He is not only my soulmate but my best friend. Not all love stories are rough. Some are fun! 

Siri’s Saga is about giving up on love, finding love, falling in love, learning to love, being in love, and living in love. Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy their thunderous journey. When ultimate seduction clashes with ultimate discipline, it’s explosive! 

I believe lust and love form perfect unions and the stars do align for true love. 

My website is: https://JessikaKlide.com
Newsletter: https://JessikaKlide.com/news
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Follow the Serial Romance Series: https://www.facebook.com/SirisSagaSer… 
My Twitter and Instagram accounts are @JessikaKlide


 

RELEASE DAY TOUR ~ Wild Thing by Liberty Laine

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Wild Thing by Liberty Laine
Standalone Romantic Comedy Novella
 
I’ve waited my whole life to catch her. They call her a criminal. A con-woman. A thief and too wild for her own good. But me? I just call her mine. –Officer Nathan Trent.
 
He’s one of the good guys. Honorable. Reliable. I’ve loved him since we were kids. But there’s no way I’ll let my wild ways tarnish his squeaky clean reputation. No matter how badly I wish he was mine. –Tillie Coletrain
 
Warning: This novella is chock full of sexy times, ridiculous shenanigans, and surprise weddings. You’re welcome.



 
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MEET LIBERTY LAINE:

Liberty Laine is a writing duo made up of two smart-mouthed best friends who have a passion for romance and reading. They can usually be found together at their local Mexican restaurant with a margarita in one hand and a chip covered in cheese dip in the other. They spend their days being desperate housewives, blogging about books, and using all of their willpower not to eat all the cake and donuts.
 

 


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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ~ Something So Perfect by Natasha Madison

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Matthew

Drafted first round pick when I was seventeen, playing first line at eighteen, branded NHL’s bad boy at nineteen. At twenty-three I was cut from the team and living back home with my parents. A knock on the door brought an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. All I had to do was prove I learned from my mistakes, so no way would I fall for a chick with a pouty mouth even if I wanted to spend all day devouring it.

Karrie

When my father gave me a job, I had no idea it would be to babysit some washed up NHL player. He wanted me to be his chaperone, his overpaid babysitter. I thought it was a joke. Then I met him, Matthew Grant. I wasn’t prepared for this particular bad boy. He’s not only hot but he’s arrogant and kinda sweet in a ‘you make me crazy’ kind of way.
Basically now that he’s finished screwing up his life, he’s decided to turn mine upside down.

She’s the first thing I’ve ever wanted more than hockey.

He’s the guy I know I should stay away from.

But what if this thing that started out so wrong turns into something so perfect






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

 

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Broken Boundaries by Kaitlyn Ashley

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Title: Broken Boundaries
Author: Kaitlyn Ashley

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Release Date: Monday January 9th, 2017


Blurb:
Kylie has always cared for her brother’s best friend, Hunter. They’ve known each other nearly their whole lives; the three of them nearly inseparable until Kylie went off to college.
 
With her first year of college out of the way and a whole new perspective on her life back home, Kylie decides that going away to college isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so she moves back home. The instant she sees Hunter again, Kylie realizes just how hard it’s going to be to fight her attraction to someone who has become so much more to her.
 
Hunter is an athlete at heart; practicing, playing, breathing soccer is all he has ever known. All everyone ever thought he wanted, but Hunter has been holding back. As his senior year closes and scouts come calling, he knows it’s time to decide what he really wants. It’s not soccer though; it’s Kylie.
 
As the two become closer than ever before, obstacles arise, putting their relationship to the test. Will they be able to come together as one, or will those boundaries permanently be broken?
 
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Kaitlyn Ashley
is a young college student pursuing her dream of being a writer. While she’s not studying to be a history teacher, she’s either writing, working, reading, or watching sports, especially football and baseball!

Her favorite things include summer, coffee, sarcasm, and of course being curled up with a good book. She currently resides in North Carolina, after having moved there from sunny Southern California. 

 

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EXCERPT REVEAL ~ Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell

 

 
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At a boxing gym in Chicago, Mary Monahan accidentally knocks out the most handsome man she’s ever met. After she wakes him up with a few slaps and some smelling salts, the very first thing he does is ask her out for ribs and beer. His name is Jimmy. He looks like a Gillette model. And he’s just too hunky to resist.

Jimmy “The Falcon” Falconi is mystified that Mary has absolutely no idea who he is. Mystified and refreshed. He is, after all, not your everyday NFL quarterback. He shops at Costco, has a soft spot for Pinterest, and is in the midst of an epic losing streak.

Jimmy falls for Mary fast and hard, the way he does everything—balls out and like it’s fourth and long. And he realizes he’s finally met his match. That stamina he’s so proud of? Doesn’t stand a chance against her Kegels.

But what they don’t know is she’s also his new physical therapist, recently hired by the Bears to work on his rotator cuff…and groin injury. If she can’t help him, he’ll be traded faster than they can say “offensive penetration.”

In spite of the thousands of internet memes featuring Jimmy’s face with captions like: “HEY GIRL, WANT TO TOUCH MY BALLS?” Mary finds herself falling for him and his unrelenting desire to make her his.

Until a toddler shows up at Jimmy’s door.

And throws their lives into total chaos.

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To the reader: Contents includes love, sweetness, naughtiness, honey, champagne, and an HEA. Safe. 

 
 
 

 
 
Jimmy

Joe Namath said it: “When you win, nothing hurts.”
And I might be flat on my back with a headache like I just sucked down a smoothie too fast, but I’m fucking winning. Because look at that goddamned face. Fucking gorgeous. Freckles, those lips. Everything. Her body is hella hot, but that face. That face seals it.
Also, those tits. I groan and pretend I’m rubbing my temples. Actually, I’m looking at the curve of her stomach—the crease across her belly button. The edge of the tattoo just wraps around her side, accentuating the line of her waist. God, yes.
“I’m so sorry,” she says. “I’m not allowed to fight my own weight class anymore, but I thought you’d be able to take it.”
“Ouch.”
“Oh no.” She puts her hand to her mouth. “I mean…sorry. Just…I’m really sorry.”
I know she’s lying. She’s probably left a trail of unconscious guys from here to wherever she came from, but I’m not proud. I’ll be the next man in line. I sure fucking will. “What do you weigh? A buck fifty? And you knocked me out like that?”
“One fifty-seven!” The way she says it, she’s proud of it, and I love that. A buck fifty-seven. Sold.
“You can hit.” I explore the damage with my tongue. The hot, metallic taste of blood fills my mouth, and my saliva stings the cut on my bottom lip.
I glance around. Nobody’s paying any attention at all. Further proof that she’s done this before.
“Sorry. I wasn’t even thinking. Let me…” She dabs at my lip with a washcloth. I can smell the sweat, the salt, the heat. The sharp lingering smell of ammonia in my nostrils. A drop of her sweat runs down off her neck and lands on my chest with a plop.
She takes my face in her wrapped hands, looking from eye to eye. “I don’t think you’re concussed.”
Okay, so I know I’m not—I don’t know much, but I do know a concussion when I get one—but I’m going to go along with it because I need her to stay exactly like that. “Might be.” I follow her eyes with mine. “Head trauma can be very complicated.”
Slowly, a smile creeps up across her face, and a little dimple crimps her cheek. But she bites it back. “Your pupils look normal.”
Coconut. I can smell it. Definitely coconut. Good thing I’m already flat on my back. She holds up one finger and moves it to and fro in front of my eyes. I don’t follow it. I leave my eyes right there, on this fleck of brown in her left iris.
“If you can’t follow my finger, I think we have to call 911…”
I sniff, the ammonia still stinging my sinuses. “If I let you knock me out again, can I get you to keep doing this all night?”
She pouts and makes a fist of her wrapped hand. “Let me? Let me knock you out?”
“Oh yeah. Let you.”
She cocks her head, her eyes saying, Bullshit!
“Fuck, yes, I took the fall. Sometimes you got to throw the fight to get what you want.”
She lets go of my face, and my head lands in her lap. The curve of her thigh supports my neck. She gives me that look again, the one she gave me right before the lights went out. “Yeah? And what do you want?”
“I think you know.” I let my stare fall to her cleavage.
She presses her lips together, like she cannot believe I just said that.
Booyah. Now who’s on her heels?
I rip off the Velcro cuff from the glove on my right hand and shake it off. “I’m Jimmy.” I hold out my hand to her. She shakes it softly, and then her grip tightens and she pulls me up to a sitting position in the middle of the ring. She keeps her right hand knitted in mine, thumb over thumb, and gently supports my back with the other. “I really am sorry about that.”
“I’ll deny it forever.”
“There were witnesses.” She glances over her shoulder at the assorted groups of guys around the gym.
“Are you familiar with the down-low?”
“They took pictures. For the Knockout Wall,” she says, grinning.
Fuckers. Great. Just great. JIMMY FALCONI KNOCKED OUT BY GIRL IN PINK GLOVES. I can see it on Bleacherreport.com right now. “Polaroids burn super easy.”
Now she’s really smiling, and fuck is she pretty. Like, drop-dead gorgeous. The knockout with the knockout punch. “I’m glad you’re okay. If you never woke up, that would have been a lot of paperwork.”
I grunt-laugh, which also hurts because of that one-two-three combination to my spleen earlier. I grab my stomach and flop back down on the mat.
“Need ice?”
“Let me die with dignity.”
She gets stern. “Ten-four. We’ll remember you fondly.” And then she salutes me.
All this and she’s funny?
Alright, Falconi. Time to head for the end zone. Time to bring the Super Bowl ring home. “Fine. I’ll give you the win if you let me buy you dinner.”
Her eyes move over my face. “Dinner? There’s a blizzard coming. Also, you might need a stitch for that lip.”
“No way. I’ll get some superglue. Fuck the blizzard. Come out with me.”
“Tough guy.”
I study that hollow at the base of her throat and then meet her eyes to hold her stare. “Dinner and drinks.”
She stands and offers me a wrapped hand. Toe to toe, she sizes me up like we’re locked in some full-body arm-wrestling match. Christ.
But she still hasn’t said, “Don’t you play for the…” like everybody else always does. So I ask, “You like any other sports besides knocking totally unsuspecting strangers unconscious? Like maybe…football?”
I hold the ropes open for her and she steps through. Goddamn, those hips. That skin. The curve of her waist. The petals of the lace that barely touch her spine. And my mind kind of unravels in imagining where that tattoo goes and how sexy that ink must be on the skin of her ass.
“Nope. Is that a problem?” she asks. “That I wouldn’t know my touchdown from my…whatever? Going to put a cramp in our conversation, champ?”
“No problem at all.” Doesn’t matter if she knows me or not, because pretty quick here, I’m planning to have her saying my name. Over and over again.
 

 

 

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Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.
 
 
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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ~ Smuttily Ever After – A Charity Anthology

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When smut happens, it’s always a happily ever after.
 
Seven bloggers have come together to create a hot anthology filled with the best variety of sexy stories.
 
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Calculated
The Messy Mind of Monique Pearson
 
A successful CEO finds her new PA has more to offer than his typing skills. In the office she’s used to being in control, but he has other plans in mind.
 
Rolling On A River
The Saucy Owl
 
One all-girl roller hockey team against the boys, in an all-day tournament of hockey and will power. It gets hotter than a girdle after a game when Frankie sees Taylor Rivers roll on by.
 
Love and War
Beauté De Livres – Beauty of Books
 
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But when the demons of your past crash into your present, will love be enough?
 
Falling Into You
Mila Grayson | KU Book Reviews
 
Think you can only find used furniture on Craigslist? You can also find second chances. Don’t let that chance encounter escape you.
 
Unexpected
Obsessed with Romance
 
When a single mother of twins joins her best friends for “a girls night out” she expects some drinks, laughs and dancing. But someone has other plans for her.
 
Wildest Dreams
Kay Su | BooksandMe
 
Three isn’t always a crowd. But trying to find two hot, dominating men happy to share the same girl isn’t ever going to be easy. Will dreams become reality? What are the odds?
 
Love For Us
Books And Boys Book Blog
 
Finding love on the internet is always a risky business. Full of catfish and unsolicited pics. But what happens when you find a connection faster and stronger than your wifi?
 
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
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Mila | KU Book Reviews
 
Kay Su | Books and Me
 
Beauté De Livres – Beauty of Books
 
The Messy Mind of Monique Pearson
 
The Saucy Owl – Reviewing the Raunch
 
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